NFL Opening Weekend: Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5

NFL followers have a loaded slate of video games to stay up for this upcoming weekend, and on Friday, Colin Cowherd revealed his Blazin’ 5 picks for Week 1 of the 2022 season. 

The host of “The Herd” selected 5 Sunday video games to focus on, starting with the Carolina Panthers — led by newly-acquired quarterback Baker Mayfield — taking over Mayfield’s former crew, the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

His different selections embrace the Detroit Lions taking over the Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET, FOX), the Houston Texans going through the Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS), the Washington Commanders vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, FOX), and the Minnesota Vikings going through the Inexperienced Bay Packers (4 p.m. ET, FOX). 

Blazin’ 5: Texans, Vikings spotlight Colin’s Week 1 picks

Colin Cowherd shares his first Blazin’ 5 picks of the NFL season for Week 1.

Listed here are Cowherd’s predictions, together with odds and win totals as introduced by FOX Guess. 

Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers

Cleveland Browns

CLE

Carolina Panthers

CAR

Colin’s ideas: “I like Baker Mayfield here, at home, against his ex-teammates. First of all, the Panthers had the most blown leads in the NFL last year with 10. They were in a lot of games. Sam Darnold made too many mistakes. Their defense is excellent — I said that all year. They had the third-fewest yards all year. That’s against Jacoby Brissett, missing his starting center, who has a career passer rating in the low 80s and struggles to complete 60% of his throws. Carolina, back-to-back, has had drafts that I like. Cleveland is using a career-average backup. Baker has a history of being inspired for individual games. I’m going to take the Panthers and Baker, 27-23.” 

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions

Philadelphia Eagles

PHI

Detroit Lions

DET

Colin’s ideas: “The Lions are 3-3 in their final six games, and once Jared Goff got comfortable at the end of the year, he completed 69% of his throws, 11 TDs, and two picks. They have two of the best tackles in football — I love their tackles. And the Eagles couldn’t get to the quarterback last year — second-fewest sacks. Detroit is an inspired football team, not a great one, but they are at home as a dog. Dan Campbell, if nothing else, is a great motivator. I’m going to take the Lions to win one of the more entertaining games of the weekend. Take the points, 27-26.”

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 

Indianapolis Colts

IND

Houston Texans

HOU

Colin’s ideas: “I’m going to take the Texans plus-7. Davis Mills was good last year — you just didn’t watch him play. He’s a rookie and was second among rookies in completion percentage, touchdown passes, and passer rating. And the Colts have lost eight-straight season openers. They are on another quarterback, and they don’t really have a No. 2 receiver. I think the Colts will win the division, but they aren’t dynamic offensively. They shut down Jonathan Taylor, and they have limitations over the top in what they can do. I’m going to take the Texans with the points, but the Colts win narrowly.”

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Commanders

Jacksonville Jaguars

JAX

Washington Commanders

WAS

Colin’s ideas: “I’m taking the Jaguars plus-2.5, and I think they will win outright. First of all, they spent over $300 million in free agency. Teams that spend that kind of money in free agency usually improve. And they got Trevor Lawrence an offensive coach. They’ve got Ed Ingram at tight end, Zay Jones at wide receiver, Christian Kirk at wide receiver, and they’ve upgraded the offensive line. Carson Wentz — total disarray for this franchise [Washington]. It’s another quarterback, he didn’t have a great camp, there’s controversy, and the Commanders’ defense struggled mightily against the pass last year. I think the Jags are one of the surprise teams in the league this year. They won’t be great, but in that division, they’ll be a real threat week-to-week. I have them beating the Commanders, 28-20.”

Inexperienced Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Inexperienced Bay Packers

GB

Minnesota Vikings

MIN

Colin’s ideas: “I don’t know how [the Vikings] are getting points at home. They were in the most one-possession games last year, and that’s with a lot of injuries and a quarterback that didn’t feel supported. Kirk Cousins was one of two quarterbacks that had 30 touchdowns and fewer than 10 picks. Only Aaron Rodgers last year in the league did that. The Packers are usually great at home, but they were only a 5-4 road team last year, and they have struggled through the years with Minnesota. Allen Lazard is hurt. Christian Watson is hurt. Robert Tonyan, the tight end, is off an ACL. The Packers are beat up. They don’t have a No. 1 receiver. Eventually, this receiving crew is tasty, but Game 1 with a new coach, I don’t know. I think the Vikings should be favored. I’m going to take them, 26-23.”


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